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Fermentation Without Representation - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 55
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Epic & DC Brau's Fermentation Without Representation Collaboration Beer - This Imperial Pumpkin Porter is a smooth, mellow bodied and experimental collaboration with Epic Brewing from Salt Lake City, UT.

Melding Crystal, Chocolate, Munich and Black malts a rich chocolate note plays off hints of burnt raisins and plums. Brewed with 600 lbs of pure pumpkin puree, .2 lbs of allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and whole cloves. This 8% ABV beer will keep you roasty!

Note: All bottle reviews should be listed under Epic, as DC Brau's version was draft-only:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 2893/74942 
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 55
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/19/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey, served in a 10 oz. tulip. I liked this version slightly better than the Epic bottled version, which I had drank the night before on 11/18/11.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with
one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like the Epic version.

s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, light spices, and chocolate. Ton of roasted porter notes here like the epic version, but no pumpkin.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, light spices, and light cinnamon. Again, roasted malts dominate the taste. though I am getting a lot more coffee and vanilla than the Epic version. A step up from the nose as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a good porter. More coffee and vanilla in the taste than the Epic version, which I like and makes this version better in my opinion. Would have it again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice pumpkin porter, well rounded and a worthy collaboration.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Chalkboard and menu offer a succinct if fair description of the brew, and display 7.5 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a concave glass.

A - Black pour with deep brown edges, small frothy head touching the rim with good retention and strong surface memory alongside good lacing.

S - Pumpkin range, touch of spice and an emerging sense of roasted malt, a bit shy as this might be a tad too cold.

T - Nice roasted pumpkin sense, overall rich malty range with touches of chocolate and coffee under the flow of the pumpkin and spice. Soft vanilla memory lingering in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with medium/moderate carbonation. Smooth flow with a nice aftertaste.

O - Nice brew, pleasing and well worth the try.

Notes: Odd chance for me finding this one on tap, and glad to try it! Pretty nice as the bottled Epic version. But it is true, the slightly off bitter spiced edge in the finish is off and this one might be better rounded on the malty character by a touch. Other than that bot offer a nice experience, and reviews are pretty similar. If anything differences might be due to serving temp and glassware. Welcome additions to the local brewing landscape in any case.

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Photo of speter
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle.

A: Deep brown with a slight tan head that faded to nothing rather quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nutmeg and roasted barley.

T: A nice, but somewhat bland porter with subtle points of pumpkin spice. The pumpkin was well-restrained, but the porter itself wa a tad on the watery side.

M: Light with light carbonation. Little alcohol burn.
The porter has a nice roasted flavor with no bitterness.

O: Not a bad porter, and certainly not a pumpkin pie in the face. However, I would have like a bit more body.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried last weekend at Meridian Pint on tap. Enjoyed two pints at the sitting with an order of sweet potato fries, which were a great addition.

Dark, ruby, brown appearance with a frothy cream colored head.

Very subtle taste of pie spice which is a welcomed plus when compared to the many other overpowering pumpkin beers offered during the season.

FwoR puts more emphasis on crafting a well rounded porter with the pumpkin only making a minor appearance.

The porter has a nice roasted flavor with no bitterness.

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Photo of ao125
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's important to note that there are two versions of this beer - one brewed by DC Brau, on site in Washington DC. The other is brewed on site in Salt Lake City Utah by Epic brewing.

This review is for the DC Brau version.

A: Dark, similar to any other porter. Hints of copper in the thick foam

S: Roast, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla

T: This is a really well balanced beer. A lot of "pumpkin" beers hit you over the head with piles of cinnamon. That isn't the case with this beer. You really do get a lot of the sweetness and flavor of the pumpkin, which is balanced out with deep roast typically found with DC Brau's "Penn Quarter Porter". The other spices round out the flavor, but don't overwhelm.

M: Smooth going down. Alcohol definitely sneaks up on you.

O: So far, this is one of my favorite "pumpkin" beers, because it really IS about the pumpkin, and not about how much spice you can cram into a beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little split on what style to add this as but I'm going with pumpkin since that seems to be the point of it. This is the DC Brau version of the their collaboration beer with EPIC brewing, draft only version made with pumpkin, traditional spices & whole Bourbon Island (Madasgascar) Vanilla Beans. Served on draft at a local beer bar.

Beer is brown / black mostly clear at the corners of the glass. Thin tan / brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly spicy with hints of vanilla. I don't get a lot of pumpkin, also not a lot of roast, interesting aroma thought.

Beer is medium in body and there is definitely pumpkin in here. The pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, I thoroughly enjoy how much squash is in here. There is a mild sweetness on the front and a little bit of bitterness / roast on the finish. Overall it is a good porter, very pumpkin forward, the vanilla gets a little lost in the whole thing but overall this is a nice little beer. Another good beer from DC Brau, keep it up.

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Fermentation Without Representation from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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